I've gone through two skid plates so far, similar reason, except here it's from poorly cleared side streets where the snow and ice compact into ruts you can barely get out of.:runnethov We live on remote ranch & travel 2 miles on a dirt road before reaching the black top. At different times and weather conditions, the botoom connects with the crown of the ranch road. Since 1998, I have had to replace plastic skid shields 4 times! I am now in the process of getting a Panzer aluminum skid plate, about 1/3 the price of past plastic replacements. I love my Beetle and plan to keep it.